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Horizontal Well Path Planning and Correction Using Optimization Techniques

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Roger C. McCann

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, TX 77252e-mail: roger_c_mccann@email.mobil.com

P. V. R. Suryanarayana

Blade Energy Partners, Carrollton, TX 75007 e-mail: pvsury@blade.energy.co

J. Energy Resour. Technol 123(3), 187-193 (May 11, 2001) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1386390 History: Received February 26, 1999; Revised May 11, 2001
Copyright © 2001 by ASME
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Figures

Grahic Jump Location
Coordinate system for the well path
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Double turn profile, vertical section view; (b) double turn profile, top view
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Well planning example, 3-D view; (b) well planning example, top view; (c) well planning example, vertical section view
Grahic Jump Location
(a) Path correction example, 3-D view; (b) path correction example, top view; (c) path correction example, vertical section

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